The students had to use their communication skills to plant the perfect garden. They had to decide where to plant the vegetables, who was in charge of fertilizer, who would keep the planting in straight lines and who would water when the planting was finished. Some students made plant markers where they had to use their spelling skills. They also painted pictures of the different vegetables on the markers. While in the garden, they searched online what the vegetables or herbs would look like when grown to assist them with their illustrations. When the garden was planted the students voiced their favorite part of the process. Some actually said, “I Loved Weeding!”
The students prepare the garden for planting. To get ready for planting the students created a human garden, discussing how different vegetables grow and where they should be planted in the physical space we have available in the garden. They sorted “themselves” between roots, leafy, vine and herbs. They prepared the soil and enjoyed writing stories in the sunshine!
Students always enjoy guessing what’s in the bag. Each group is given a bag with a mystery item in it and have to work as a group to write a description without using the item name in it and share it with the group. The rest of the students try and guess the item. In the bags they usually find different types of vegetables or fruit that we would then use to make a healthy snack!
The students were posed several questions where they were asked their opinion. They were given an opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings and share them with the group. It was interesting to see what they would do if they were president, what they are proud of, or what they would do if they were a turtle living in a pond!
A main focus of our program is communication. We talk about different types of communication; verbal, written, non-verbal, illustration, etc. Throughout the past semester the students explored the importance of and how to communicate through different activities. We had a wonderful volunteer, Christina Sun, demonstrate the impact of being able to communicate a message through illustration. Christina, a community member, formally worked as an illustrator for a large company in NYC. She discussed with the students how a picture can communicate an idea or message without using words. She ended the session with a fun activity where the students had to participate together to create and illustrate a figure/person and present it to the group. The students enjoyed seeing their creations and displaying them. The results were fun and funny!